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DeSean Jackson’s Coming Home, Stefen Wisniewski’s Option Not Picked Up, Nick Foles To Jacksonville

Chris Jastrzembski - March 11, 2019

It’s unofficially official.

After rumors started this morning about a potential DeSean Jackson return to Philadelphia, it appears a deal is in place to bring the wide receiver back from Tampa Bay.

The return is cheap.

Sounds like the team was also interested in Kenny Stills from Miami.

I’ll take it. He has one year left for $10 million which is a lot for where he’s at. So expect a reworked contract. Who knows what happens with Nelson Agholor.

Edit: Contract is restructured.

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Will the Flyers Pursue RFAs? It Sure Sounds Like It.

Russ Joy - March 10, 2019

Restricted free agency in the NHL has stood as something of a forbidden fruit. It’s there. It’s right in front of you. You want to take a bite, but can you? Should you? The initial bite might tingle your tastebuds, but that momentary joy can turn to the bitterness of a rotten lemon in a millisecond. It’s a rarity to even broach the topic, let alone maintain possession of the fruits of one’s labor. How rare? There have been just 35 offer sheets made to restricted free agents in NHL history. In the past twenty years, only eight, yes EIGHT offer sheets have been extended to another team’s restricted free agent. It just so happens that two of those eight – a staggering 25% – have been offered by your team, your town, your Philadelphia Flyers.

Will Chuck Fletcher become the third Flyers GM in thirty-three years to make an offer to a restricted free agent? There are plenty of reasons to believe that it’s going to happen.

Reason #1: Influencers

I mentioned earlier that only two Flyers general managers have ever made an offer sheet to a restricted free agent and you’ll recognize the names: Bob Clarke and Paul Holmgren. The latter is the man who officially hired Fletcher and currently serves as the Flyers Team President. The former is a man who played a bigger role in the hiring of Chuck Fletcher than he might let on. Clarke first hired Fletcher as an Assistant GM of the Florida Panthers back in 1993. He’s spoken glowingly of Fletcher including this:

Reason #2: Bob Clarke Said As Much

When Anthony and I sat down with Bob Clarke, who now serves as Flyers Senior Vice President, for an exclusive interview for Snow The Goalie, I asked about why more teams don’t make offer sheets to restricted free agents. Then Clarke dropped this bombshell:

“You’re gonna see it with restricted free agents, just because of the salary cap. Teams get a restricted free agent coming up… they’ve got three or four million dollars in cap space, someone’s gonna come in and offer five or six, maybe overpay, but it’s gonna happen.” One could take that quote a couple of ways. Could Clarke have been talking league-wide as he referenced “teams”? Sure. But, remember, this wasn’t the question asked. Clarke’s got Fletcher’s ear. This was about as much of a pronouncement of off-season strategy as I think we’ll ever get. As for teams he could be referencing, I’ll get to that later. I wondered if Fletcher – or any GM for that matter – has been/would be hesitant to burn bridges with another member of the sacred front office fraternity:

Ultimately, he’s right. Another front office shouldn’t hold it against Fletcher professionally if he were to poach a top RFA away from a contender, but it’s easier said by a guy who by his own admission spends much of his time golfing in Florida than for someone actively working in the NHL.

Reason #3: An Exorbitant Amount of Cap Space

With a projected salary cap of roughly $83 million for the 2019-20 season, the Flyers find themselves with slightly less than $47 million committed to players against the cap. That leaves them with about $36 million in cap space, third most in the entire league behind only Ottawa and Colorado. It looks tantalizing until you take into account the fact that the Flyers have critical restricted free agents of their own to re-sign long-term including Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny, Travis Sanheim, and Phil Myers. The team could also choose to bring back Ryan Hartman and they’re also expected to re-sign UFA netminder Cam Talbot.

Assuming the team makes reasonable offers: Provy ($5m), Konecny ($5m), Sanheim ($4.25m), Myers ($3.25m), Hartman ($2.25m), Talbot ($3.25m), that leaves them with $13 million in potential cap space. That’s more than enough to pry away a top RFA or deliver a Shea Weber sized poison pill to a team at the top third of the conference.

Side note: Don’t look past 2020, when the team will also have to offer deals to Nolan Patrick, Oskar Lindblom, and potentially Robert Hägg.

Reason #4: Fletcher Could Irreparably Damage An Eastern Conference Foe

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How Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis Laid the Groundwork for Bryce Harper

Russ Joy - February 28, 2019

You’ve heard the choruses by now:

“Where’s the stupid money?!”

“Just give him the opt-out and get it done!”

“Offer the guy $350 million and GET IT DONE!”

“Middleton is a fraud if he doesn’t get Harper!”

“They didn’t offer more than $300 million? Are they stupid?!”

“Should’ve matched Machado! Boras played the Phils!”

But the aforementioned choruses come from a place of misplaced rage. I get the knee-jerk reaction to every report of the Dodgers’ and Giants’ interest in Bryce Harper. It sucks. As a fanbase, we’d collectively bought into the notion that John Middleton’s “stupid money” comment with the voracious hunger we felt after Brett Brown uttered “Star Hunting or Star Developing“. We didn’t learn. That’s fine, but screaming for the owner to just throw even MORE money at the player doesn’t jive with what we’ve seen in other sports. Sometimes money isn’t everything.

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Free Agency Running Commentary

Kyle Scott - July 1, 2016

OK we will keep this going for through the weekend, but only with actual news or major reports, not all the commentary that goes with. Leggo! Continue Reading

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Report: Eagles and DeMarco Murray Have a Mutual Interest in Each Other

Jim Adair - March 10, 2015

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Unlike you and that girl you like that you always see at the coffee shop, the Eagles and DeMarco Murray are reportedly mutually interested in each other. According to Adam Caplan, both sides are interested. It’s very early and it’s all talk right now, but this could be huge. Or, it could just be Murray trying to piss off the Cowboys.

UPDATE: Flyers Make First Free Agency Move, Sign an AHL Goalie and Re-Sign Emery

Jim Adair - July 1, 2014

You have to break the seal somehow, and the Flyers have just made their first move in free agency by signing goaltender Rob Zepp to a one year deal. Zepp comes to the Flyers from the German DEL and, according to Broad Street Hockey, will likely split time with Anthony Stolarz with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. It’s not exciting, but it’s not over yet.

You can see Zepp’s career numbers over here.

UPDATE: They also re-signed Ray Emery. All done now.

UPDATE: Flyers Issue Qualifying Offers and Count Pocket Change

Jim Adair - July 1, 2014

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When NHL free agency kicks off at noon today, many teams around the league will use the extra money they have under the salary cap to try to improve their squad. After issuing qualifying offers to Jason Akeson, Erik Gustafsson, Brandon Manning, and Tye McGinn — and not issuing offers to Marc-Andre Bourdon, Cullen Eddy, Tyler Brown, Kyle Flanagan, and Cal Heeter — new GM Ron Hextall is left with a bill of $236,429 over the cap. The team is allowed to go up to 10% over the hard cap.

It’s been a not-so-well kept secret that Hextall is desperately trying to dump Vinny Lecavalier and his $4.5 million salary cap hit on anyone who will take him, but as of yet that’s been nobody. In fact, due to his handcuffing by the salary cap, Hextall is more likely to make a splash in a trade than via free agency. That doesn’t mean we won’t all get a little anxious when noon rolls around, it just means that anxiety won’t be added upon or relieved. But hey, that also means no ridiculous giant contracts. That’s always nice.

UPDATE: In ultimate optimism, I mistakenly reported that the Flyers were under the cap.

Your Flyers Free Agency Running Commentary

Kyle Scott - July 5, 2013

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Paul Holmgren has some retooling to do. Retooling? I’ll retool you! Join us for your all-day, nonstop Flyers free agency running commentary.

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